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Inventory of the California State Senate Health Committee Records, 2005-2012
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Description
The Senate Health Committee is the most recent Senate committee to oversee bills relating to public health, alcohol and drug abuse, mental health, health insurance and managed care, and related institutions. The Senate Health Committee Records consist of approximately 53cubic feet of textual and audiovisual records. The records are organized into three series: Bill Files, Hearing Files, and Subject Files. The Bill Files consist of 41 cubic feet of textual records spanning the years 2005-2012. The majority of the Bill Files relate to topics within the committee's jurisdiction – primarily Long Term Health Care; school food nutrition guidelines; stem cell research; drinking water standards; immunizations; suicide prevention; and health care programs, including the California Children and Families Act of 1988.
Background
The Senate Health Committee is the most recent Senate committee to oversee bills relating to public health, alcohol and drug abuse, mental health, health insurance and managed care, and related institutions. The first committee that had "bills" relating to public health, alcohol and drug abuse, mental health, health insurance, and managed care under its purview was the Senate Health and Welfare Committee. It was created by Senate Resolution 9 on January 6, 1970. Its purpose was to review "all bills relating to public health; welfare; alcoholic beverages; and all bills relating to the State Department of Mental Hygiene or to institutions under its jurisdiction, including: state hospitals, homes for the feeble-minded, inebriate colonies, institutions for delinquents, homes for blind, industrial workshops, and any other institutions of similar nature; and bills relating to the Youth Authority and to institutions under its jurisdiction" (California Legislature at Sacramento, 1970, p93). On February 17, 1984, the Senate passed Resolution 33 which changed the committee name to the Senate Health and Human Services Committee; the scope remained the same. On December 6, 2004, Senate Resolution 4 disbanded the Senate Health and Human Services committee and formed the Senate Health Committee. The new committee's scope excluded bills relating to welfare, social programs and services, and related institutions. Bills relating to welfare programs, are now under the jurisdiction of the Senate Human Services Committee. The Senate Health Committee heard bills relating to public health, alcohol and drug abuse, mental health, health insurance and managed care, and related institutions. From 2005 through 2006, the Senate Health Committee had four subcommittees: Aging and Long-Term Care, chaired by Elaine Konotominas Alquist; Medicine and Health Care; Mental Health; and Neurodevelopment Disorders, and Stem Cell Research Oversight. Deborah Ortiz chaired the other three subcommittees. From 2007 to 2011 the only subcommittee that remained under the Health Committee was Aging and Long-Term Care. In 2012, Healthcare Workforce and Access to Care Subcommittee was chaired by Ed Hernandez. From 2007 to 2012, Alquist continued to chair the Aging and Long-Term Care subcommittee.
Extent
53 cubic feet
Restrictions
For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the California State Archives. Permission for reproduction or publication is given on behalf of the California State Archives as the owner of the physical items. The researcher assumes all responsibility for possible infringement which may arise from reproduction or publication of materials from the California State Archives collections.
Availability
While the majority of the records are open for research, any access restrictions are noted in the record series descriptions.